Manifest Format

Status: Draft

This document describes the manifest format for boot stage images stored in flash.

OpenTitan secure boot, at a minimum, consists of three boot stages: ROM, ROM_EXT, and the first owner boot stage, e.g. BL0. ROM is stored in the read-only ROM while remaining stages are stored in flash. ROM and ROM_EXT require the manifest described in this document to be at the start of ROM_EXT and first owner boot stage images so that they can verify the integrity and authenticity of the next stage and configure peripherals as needed before handing over execution. Use of this manifest for stages following the first owner boot stage is optional.

The following table lists the fields of the manifest along with their sizes, alignments, and offsets from the start of the manifest in bytes. The last column provides the corresponding C data type of each field for illustration purposes. All manifest fields are stored little-endian and the total size of the manifest is 896 bytes.

FieldSize (bytes)Alignment (bytes)Offset (bytes)C Data Type

Field Descriptions

  • signature: RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 signature of the image generated using a 3072-bit RSA private key and the SHA-256 hash function. The signed region of an image starts immediately after this field and extends to the end of the image.

  • selector_bits: This field, along with the following four fields, is used to constrain a boot stage image to a set of devices based on their device IDs, creator and/or manufacturing states and life cycle states. Bits of this field determine which fields (or individual words of a field as in the case of device_id) must be read from the hardware during verification. Unselected fields must be set to MANIFEST_USAGE_CONSTRAINT_UNSELECTED_WORD_VAL to be able to generate a consistent value during verification. Bits 0-7 are mapped to words 0-7 of device_id and bits 8-10 are mapped to manuf_state_creator, manuf_state_owner, and life_cycle_state, respectively.

  • device_id: Device identifier value which is compared against the DEVICE_ID value stored in the HW_CFG0 partition in OTP. Mapped to bits 0-7 of selector_bits.

  • manuf_state_creator: Device silicon creator manufacturing status compared against the CREATOR_SW_MANUF_STATUS value stored in the CREATOR_SW_CFG partition in OTP. Mapped to bit 8 of selector_bits.

  • manuf_state_owner: Device silicon owner manufacturing status compared against the OWNER_SW_MANUF_STATUS value stored in the OWNER_SW_CFG partition in OTP. Mapped to bit 9 of selector_bits.

  • life_cycle_state: Device life cycle state compared against the state reported by the life cycle controller. Mapped to bit 10 of selector_bits.

  • modulus: Modulus of the signer’s 3072-bit RSA public key.

  • address_translation: A hardened boolean representing whether address translation should be used for the ROM_EXT (see the Ibex wrapper documentation). This value should be either 0x739 (true) or 0x1d4 (false).

  • identifier: Image identifier used to identify boot stage images. The value of this field must be 0x4552544f (ASCII: “OTRE”) for a ROM_EXT image and 0x3042544f (ASCII: “OTB0”) for the first owner stage.

  • length: Length of the image (including the manifest) in bytes.

  • version_major: Major version of the image.

  • version_minor: Minor version of the image.

  • security_version: Security version of the image used for anti-rollback protection. Must be a monotonically increasing integer.

  • timestamp: Unix timestamp of the creation time of the image. 64 bits with 32-bit alignment.

  • binding_value: Binding value used by the key manager to derive secret values. A change in this value changes the secret value of the key manager, and consequently, the versioned keys and identity seeds generated at subsequent boot stages.

  • max_key_version: Maximum allowed version for keys generated by the key manager at the next boot stage.

  • code_start: Offset of the start of the executable region of the image from the start of the manifest in bytes. Must be 4-byte word aligned.

  • code_end: Offset of the end of the executable region of the image (exclusive) from the start of the manifest in bytes. Note that the range from code_start to code_end must cover all machine instructions, i.e. .vectors, .crt, and .text, in the image. Must be 4-byte word aligned.

  • entry_point: Offset of the first instruction to execute in the image from the start of the manifest in bytes. Must be 4-byte word aligned.